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Category Archives: Hot Topics 2008

Vermont Law School’s Environmental Law Center presents
Hot Topics in Environmental Law
Summer 2008 Brown Bag Lecture Series

New England’s Fragile Coastal Ecology

The following MP3 was recorded on Thursday, June 26, 2008. Amy Quinton Tidal marshes provide habitat and food for fish, crabs, mussels, and shore birds. They play a vital role in buffering the shore against flooding and storms. While they are one of the most productive ecosystems on earth, they’re also constantly threatened by development, […]

Emerging Applications of the Public Trust Doctrine: Groundwater and Beyond

The following MP3 was recorded on Tuesday, June 24, 2008. Jack Tuholske While the Public Trust Doctrine (PTD) was traditionally applied to tidelands, seashores, and the bed and banks of surface waters, more recent applications have focused on the water resource itself. The PTD is rooted in protecting common resources. Groundwater is a vital and […]

Preventing the “Exxon Valdez”

The following MP3 was recorded on Thursday, June 19, 2008 Randy Hill The Supreme Court will decide this term whether Exxon must pay $5 billion in punitive damages for the Exxon Valdez spill. Would such a judgment deter future spills? Randy Hill of the U.S. EPA will discuss recent research on the effect of legal […]

Climate Change in the Courtroom

The following MP3 was recorded on Tuesday, June 17, 2008 Patrick Parenteau Can litigation solve climate change? No, but it can help galvanize public support and goad the sluggish political process into action before it’s too late. It can also draw attention to the plight of those most at risk––from the Inuit of Alaska to […]

Whales’ Tales: Sonar and National Defense

The following MP3 was recorded on Thursday, June 5 Stephen Dycus and David Mears Recent litigation brought by the NRDC to protect marine mammals from the Navy’s peace-time use of sonar raises questions about the application of environmental laws to military activities at home and abroad, as well as issues regarding the authority of the […]